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FBI Weighs Hiring Former Pot Smokers
Posted by CN Staff on October 23, 2005 at 19:44:57 PT
USA Editorial
Source: USA Today 
USA -- If you can remember the '60s, you weren't really there, according to the flip one-liner. And if you smoked pot, it's highly unlikely that you can recall exactly how many times. Many surely did "experiment." Indeed, almost 100 million Americans  nearly half of all adults  have used marijuana at least once, according to the latest National Institute on Drug Abuse survey. Only a tiny percentage became stoners and slackers. The vast majority became responsible adults. Some even became members of Congress, Supreme Court justices and president of the United States (albeit without inhaling).
Many could not, however, become employees of the FBI. The bureau prohibits hiring anyone who has used marijuana within the past three years or more than 15 times ever.The FBI is rethinking this pointless ban, one that has already been relaxed by other U.S. intelligence agencies and police departments. No new policy has been proposed and there is no timetable for change. But the FBI's arbitrary policy  smoking pot 15 times is OK, but 16 isn't?  impedes efforts to improve national security.FBI managers are frustrated that they're unable to hire otherwise qualified intelligence analysts, linguists and other professionals because of the bureau's policy about past drug use. (Candidates to become special agents would still be subject to the existing rules, FBI spokesman Stephen Kodak says.)Minor recreational drug use by the young is simply a fact of life and shouldn't be a barrier to employment or appointment to government jobs. Complete Title: FBI, Eager for Talent, Weighs Hiring Former Pot SmokersSnipped:Complete Article: http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2005-10-23-our-view_x.htmSource: USA Today (US)Published: October 23, 2005Copyright: 2005 USA Today, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.Contact: editor usatoday.comWebsite: http://www.usatoday.com/CannabisNews FBI Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/FBI.shtml
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Comment #9 posted by runderwo on October 26, 2005 at 22:43:03 PT
youth?
"Minor recreational drug use by the young is simply a fact of life and shouldn't be a barrier to employment or appointment to government jobs."I'm confused. Is recreational drug use something that is reserved for adults since it is a dire threat to our children? Or is it something that is reserved for children since it is assumed to be an irresponsible thing to do.Conflicting messages abound.
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on October 25, 2005 at 11:22:45 PT
Jose
I'm glad to know you are ok and keepin on. Hopefully one of these days things will really change. I'm counting on it.
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Comment #7 posted by jose melendez on October 25, 2005 at 11:14:03 PT
Thanks FoM & Hope,
It's good to be here as always, arresting prohibition.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on October 25, 2005 at 08:31:03 PT
Jose!
Good to know you're still alive and still against prohibition. 
Been concerned about you.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on October 25, 2005 at 08:07:49 PT
Jose
It's really good to see you. I hope you weathered Wilma OK. A nasal spray. That's different. I don't like anything going up my nose so I know I wouldn't consider it if it were available. It's fake not real too.
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Comment #4 posted by jose melendez on October 25, 2005 at 07:53:22 PT
pending pot patent proof positive
Patent Request Filed for THC Nasal Spray
     
LEXINGTON, Ky., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Intranasal Therapeutics, Inc.
(ITI) today announced that a patent application has been filed for a novel
synthetic THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) nasal spray product to which ITI holds exclusive worldwide licensing rights.ITI is developing the THC nasal spray for resistant chemotherapy-induced
nausea and vomiting in cancer patients and as an appetite stimulant for
anorexia in AIDS patients. The product may have wider therapeutic potential
for treating neurological disorders, glaucoma and pain.An FDA-approved oral, synthetic version of THC currently is on the market
as an antiemetic agent for chemotherapy and appetite stimulation for AIDS
patients. The THC nasal spray ITI is developing may have advantages over both oral and inhaled THC products, including faster onset of action and relief, and more accurate dosing and bioavailability to improve therapeutic outcomes.Moreover, ITI's unit dose delivery system helps control intake and limits
abuse potential. The THC nasal spray was invented by Daniel Wermeling, Pharm.D., a faculty
member of the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Pharmacy who also is
ITI's Chief Scientific Officer. UK filed the THC product patent application
last month. Under an agreement with UK, ITI holds exclusive rights to market the THC product worldwide.http://tinyurl.com/7c824--- JUSTICE STEVENS:Do you think there could be any state of facts on which a judicial tribunal could disagree with the finding of Congress that there's no acceptable medical use? Say they had a -- say there was a judicial hearing on which they made a contrary finding. Would we have to ignore that? Would we have to follow the congressional finding or the judicial finding if that happened? MR. CLEMENT:Well, it depends on the exact hypothetical you have in mind. I think the -- the judicial finding that I think would be appropriate, and this Court would not have to ignore in any way, is a finding by the D.C. Circuit that, in a particular case where there's a rescheduling effort before the FDA, that the underlying judgement of the FDA refusing to reschedule is invalid, arbitrary, capricious. That's the way to go after the finding that marijuana is a Schedule I substance without a valid medical use in treatment. http://www.mpp.org/raich/03-1454.pdf - - -"Based upon the rationale set out in pages 26 to 34, above, the administrative law judge concludes that, within the meaning of the Act, 21 U.S.C.  812(b)(2)(B), marijuana "has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States" for spasticity resulting from multiple sclerosis and other causes. It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious to find otherwise. The facts set out above, uncontroverted by the Agency, establish beyond question that some doctors in the United States accept marijuana as helpful in such treatment for some patients. The record here shows that they constitute a significant minority of physicians. Nothing more can reasonably be required. That some doctors would have more studies and test results in hand before accepting marijuana's usefulness here is irrelevant." SEP 6 1988 
                  
Francis L. Young, Administrative Law Judgehttp://mojo.calyx.net/~olsen/MEDICAL/YOUNG/young 
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Comment #3 posted by potpal on October 24, 2005 at 14:17:56 PT
On to become...in other words.
100 million Americans  nearly half of all adults  have used marijuana according to the latest National Institute on Drug Use survey. Only a tinny tiny percentage became stoners and slackers. The vast majority became responsible adults...and a majority of them often still use it. Some used it all their lives and went on to be the brightest minds in America. Some never have used it and now have minds as tight as a fist. Hi ho.
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on October 24, 2005 at 11:33:41 PT
the FBI
Why should they care about a little weed? Hell, they've got agents working for them that helped murder innocent people in Boston! Several agents worked with Irish mafia don Whitey Bulger in Boston to kill over 20 people, including an ex-girlfriend and other non-thugs. The feds would tip Whitey off when local cops were getting close - they would tell Whitey who the informants were so Whitey could kill them. The FBI men did this multiple times. I think 2 or 3 of them finally got indicted and sent to jail, about 10 or 20 years after the fact.So it's no surprise they don't care if you smoked!
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Comment #1 posted by billos on October 24, 2005 at 03:53:29 PT
.....Whaddya' Mean????....
Heck, I can become der President of this here U S of A if I smoked pot why not an FBI man??The X-governor of CT is done with most of his year and 1 day sentence in prison for corruption and rumor has it that there is an array of corporations waiting in line to offer him a 6 figure salaried job when he gets out, but someone with a simple cannabis possession charge on his/her record doesn't stand much of a chance to procure a decent job.do not be numb to nullification
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